Demand levels in the Greater Dublin Area remain above normal levels for this time of year but demand has fallen in recent days

Irish Water is continuing to manage water supplies across the country as the warm weather is set to continue. Irish Water is appealing to the public to continue to conserve water as much as possible and to avoid unnecessary water usage. 

Demand levels in the Greater Dublin area have decreased from a high of 615 mega litres on June 27 down to 578 mega litres yesterday, Monday July 2. Irish Water wishes to thank all our customers for their sustained effort to conserve water but appeals to everyone to continue with their water conservation efforts as water supply levels remain at a critically low level. The benefits of reduced demand will see an increase in the water levels in reservoirs, reduction in abstraction from under pressure raw water reserves.

Irish Water is working with local authorities to do everything possible to conserve water availability, examining how we can make further inroads into leakage by mobilising extra crews and seeking maximum public cooperation in saving water. We now have 43 water supplies under night-time water restrictions and over 100 water supplies at risk due to high consumption. Our daily tracking of schemes shows increasing risk in the south, with plants at Clonakilty and Bantry close to restrictions. In the midlands, Portlaoise and Athlone remain under pressure with some restrictions in the eastern part of Athlone in the coming nights. In Galway there are night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr while demand is significantly up on Inis Meain. There are also night time restrictions in Galway City.

We are tankering water from larger schemes to top up reservoirs where levels are falling and trying to protect borderline supplies so as to protect water supply to homes and businesses. This work becomes more challenging as the drought impacts spread nationally and the reserves of water fall across the country.  We continue to engage daily with vulnerable customers including those in the farming community where supplies are impacting animal welfare. Where night-time restrictions apply, we are using local media to communicate with those affected and to monitor impacts especially to vulnerable customers. 

Kate Gannon, Corporate Affairs Manager at Irish Water said: ‘’Over the last fortnight, we are continuing to communicate the need to conserve water and we would like to thank the public for their efforts. We also acknowledge the role of the Irish media in helping to communicate our message. Met Eireann’s 10 day forecast predicts that there will not be any rainfall and we want the public to sustain their conservation efforts. 
“Water levels in rivers, lakes and wells across the country are at a level that we would usually experience coming into the Autumn. Given that we are in early July, unless we continue to conserve water, we will be facing into ongoing restrictions over the coming months
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Water Conservation Orders 

The Water Conservation Order for the Greater Dublin Area remains in place until July 31 and Irish Water continues to monitor the situation on a national basis with a decision to be made later this week on the need to extend the ban to other parts of the country.  

The prohibited use will apply to the use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar for the purpose of:

  • watering a garden with a hose or sprinkler
  • cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
  • cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
  • filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds) using a hosepipe
  • filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
  • use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application.


Our contact centre has been fielding calls in relation to water conservation and supply queries with less than 10 reports on the misuse of water. We are now in the process of calling those households where hose pipe usage has been reported to educate customers on the importance of water conservation at this important time. 

Outlook

Irish Water’s over-riding concern continues to be for longer term supplies in late summer and autumn. Based on modelling of previous dry years, and allowing for how dry the ground now is, we need to maximise conservation of raw water at this time to secure our needs over the coming months. Therefore, these urgent conservation measures are of critical importance to communities nationwide. All savings made now will help to reduce the likelihood of further restrictions for the remainder of the summer and into the autumn.
Local authority crews supported by contractor resources are working to maximise water availability, through managing pressures in the network and repairing leaks on the public network. This work will continue and intensify as additional crews are added through our increased capital programme. 

We will publish daily updates on our website on demand levels and supply pressures both nationally and in the Greater Dublin Area. We will continue to promote water conservation and we draw attention to advice and tips for conserving water in the home, garden and business visit our conserve water page.

Cork, Dublin, Galway, Laois, Westmeath

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